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Impressions: Love and Lies

Love and Lies is set in an alternate reality where Japan has figured out a way to stop their socioeconomic issue of declining birth rates. How, you ask? They forbade love. In this new system, your marriage partner is picked b...

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Kiss Him, Not Me : Fangirling, Feels and Boys' Love

Kae Serinuma, the protagonist of Kiss Him, Not me, is a fujoshi – a term that describes female fans of any media (anime, manga, light novels) that depicts romance between gay men. She constantly fantasises about the hot boys in her sc...

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Review: Orange

I was very excited for Orange, an anime adaptation of the manga, since it did incredibly well as a live-action film and there was generally a positive buzz surrounding this series. Did it meet my expectations? I enjoyed it and while it was ...

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Japanese ladies love them some rickshaw-pullers

When the single women of Japan are asked about the types of guys they are into, you get the usual answers of rock singers, pilots, and of course Foreign men, but the men of one particular occupation have seen their stock in the eyes of wome...

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Final Impressions: MY Love STORY!!

Forgive me for sounding like a broken record, as I'm sure I've said this in the past, but I'm a sucker for good romantic comedies. While there isn't exactly a big list of films I could point to, there are definitely a boatload of romantic a...

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Annotated Anime: MY Love STORY!! episodes 19-23

Have I told you that My Love Story!! is my favorite anime of the season? Although I jumped into these annotations majorly late, I've been glued to the screen each week just waiting on the latest release. It's the most fun I've had with anim...

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Annotated Anime: MY Love STORY!! episodes 15-18

I'm a sucker for romantic comedies. But it's been such a long time since I've been drawn to a romantic anime since they've all pretty much become the same thing. It's either an inappropriate relationship, an appropriate but boring relations...

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JapanaTen: Romantic Comedies to celebrate Valentine's by

[Author's Note: This is for those who want romance, those who do not scroll no further! I have something else for you later today]Valentine's day falls on a weekend this year and I know some of you are in the mood for some romance anime to ...

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Junjou Romantica getting a DVD Litebox re-release

Shungiku Nakamura's Junjou Romantica remains a relevant title for overseas fans these days, it seems, because Nozomi Entertainment announced they'll be re-releasing the entire first season this September in one 3-disc package. It'll feature...

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Valentine's Day: Our Favorite Anime Romances

It's Valentine's Day, and love is in the air! Actually, where I am, it's mostly snow in the air, but I have faith that there's plenty of love out there too. This time of year, we at Japanator like to take a moment to look back and remember ...

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Romance and Christmas spirit abound in Sweet Rein vol. 1

VIZ Media is ready to kick off the holiday season early with the release of a new shoujo series titled Sweet Rein. The first volume will be out on November 5th both in print (US$9.99) and digitally (US$6.99) via the VIZ Manga App, Nook, iBo...

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JapanaTen After Dark: Our 10 Favorite Fanservice Fiestas

Had enough of love, romance, and all that other junk? No need for all that gooey cootie-filled stuff? Well, we've got the list feature for you, an opposite number to the tender caresses of a Valentine's Day love-fest. Yes, today's After Dar...

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Life (not) after Rinko

You can be a realist and move on with your new games, new anime, new favorites, and your ever-renewing life. Or you could be serious about your relationships and realize that we have to live with our choices. Sometimes what we post online i...

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Life after Rinko

The road to recovery was long and arduous, but as many good friends had told me, time is a great healer. I was able to abandon thoughts of venturing to the smoky prison to see her once again, and instead made preparations to continue with m...

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A Daily Dose of Love: Valentine's Day Edition

Happy Valentine's Day Japanator readers! Although you may not particularly enjoy celebrating a Hallmark Holiday, I like to just use it as an excuse to tell you guys how much I love you and share some love for anime around. We adore battles,...


Let Them Eat Romance: Rose of Versailles licensed

Now here's a blast from the past. In a move I definitely did not anticipate (though this probably stems from my cluelessness regarding the genre), Right Stuf has acquired the license to - of all things - Rose of Versailles. In case you...


Final Impressions: Kids on the Slope

No one can deny that Kids on the Slope had fantastic pedigree. It's the adaptation of Yuki Kodama's award-winning josei manga, directed by Shinichiro Watanabe and with music by Yoko Kanno. Based on the pairing of Cowboy Bebop vets Watanabe ...


Inflatable fun to be had with Record of Agarest War 2

I didn't play much of the first game, I'll admit. Most of my time was put into Disgaea 3, so Record of Agarest War has just been sitting in a draw somewhere, waiting to be revisited. What I did play was pretty cool though, but when there ar...


9 things that Japanese girls don't like about otaku

Japan's dating scene has gotten so bad that even the government is getting involved, in hopes of getting more couples to get it on. They're pushing girls to put themselves out there more and teaching guys how to be likable on a date. For so...


Japan tries to teach people how to date and reproduce

Japan is rapidly greying. Over a quarter of the population is 65 years of age or older; the population will likely shrink as much as one-third within 50 years. If it does, social security will be heavily strained for the next generation of ...


Publicly display your affection with Love Plus arcade

Love Plus has been the girlfriend game  of choice for people who aren't interested in 3-D disgusting pig romances, but the big problem an otaku might face in his affair with Manaka, Rinko and Nene (but really just Rinko) is the unfortu...


Yotsuba x Yanda: A shipping I never thought I'd love

While we're sitting here on Valentine's Day, I just wanted to take a moment to share a doujin that's been sitting on my harddrive for a while, and it brings a smile to my face every time I read it. Pairing off our fearless leader Yotsuba, a...


No Valentine's Day plans? Why not play a dating sim?

It can be a hard and lonely life for an otaku. The massive buildup and subsequent celebration doesn't make things much more fun, either. Yet, for some reason, you find yourself sitting in a room all by yourself watching your favorite romant...


Read romance novels on the DS, plus relationship charts

If you're having trouble keeping your hot, steamy romance novels away from prying eyes, and lack the money to have a basement built to hide them in, Nintendo may have an answer for you.That answer is to toss all those damn books and switch ...


Japanator Recommends: Romeo x Juliet

For some reason I feel like we haven't seen enough series that feature a strong female protagonist. Maybe I'm wrong, but I think we could all stand to see more of it, especially one that isn't just sex appeal. Of course I'm not talking abou...



Proof that Pikachu is a (very nasty) girl. [via Japundit] 


First Impressions: Kimikiss ~ pure rouge

Ah, romance is in the air, even though it's only Fall. So now that we're back at school, Kimikiss brings up the eternal question of love -- more importantly, the first kiss (for high schoolers, at least). So once again, it's tim...


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